GATESVILLE — Trucks and trailers bearing farm license plates had better be working on a farm, the Coryell County tax collector said this week.

County residents will need to provide proof of eligibility when they apply for the farm plates, which have a reduced registration fee, Coryell County Tax Assessor/Collector Justin Carothers said.

“We want all vehicles on the road to be properly registered,” Carothers said. “While this rule requires an additional step from farm vehicle owners, it is important to ensure that only eligible farm vehicles pay the reduced fee.”

Under the new rule adopted in March, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles requires applicants for farm plates to show proof they hold an agricultural and timber exemption registration number issued by the state comptroller.

The state comptroller began issuing the registration numbers in January to verify agriculture eligibility for sales tax exemption.

Applicants for farm plates must sign a statement that explains complete operation restrictions.

Carothers said farm vehicles are eligible for the reduced fee only if they are used for the following specific purposes:

  • Transporting the registrant’s own poultry, dairy, livestock or farm products to another location for sale or processing.
  • Transporting farm or ranch workers to or from their place of employment.
  • Transporting farm supplies or equipment from place of purchase or storage to the farm or ranch.
  • Transporting the owner or owner’s family to church, school, medical appointments, equine activities or other trips for home or family necessities.

Owners of farm trailers or semitrailers must obtain the farm plates but are not required to register vehicles that have a gross weight of more than 4,000 pounds but not more than 34,000 pounds and are used for the following:

  • To transport agricultural products or livestock from the place of production to the place of processing, market or storage.
  • To transport farm supplies from the place of loading to the farm.
  • To participate in equine activities or livestock shows.

For more information go to or call Carothers at 254-248-3143.

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